Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I discussed vocabulary today, focusing on a new set of words for her to learn. After discussing last week her learning difficulties with vocab - mainly that she was being tested on the words before learning their definitions - we reviewed the definitions first before practicing the book sets. We also reviewed the writing assignment I'd given her; she seemed to have a solid idea of the basics behind writing, but I'd like to see her use more structure behind her ideas. Her next assignment reflects that desire for structure."
"This was our first meeting online, but we ended up discussing things over the phone. The student expressed some concern about his assignments, but after we discussed it in details and created a work plan, the student had a positive outlook. We will be specifically working on doing primary research in databases, specifically on nursing topics. We have agreed to regroup later this evening to discuss the research we found."
"We went over an essay that the student wrote according to the prompt I gave him last week. We then talked about passive voice versus active voice. We also worked on identifying parts of a sentence."
"The student was great today. He has really turned a corner, and I am very proud of him. We worked on reading comprehension today. He reads very well now. His confidence has increased a great deal, which I am so happy about."
"The student practiced her handwriting on kindergarten lined paper, saying words aloud as she wrote them. We worked on one sentence, "The cat sat on the hat," to which she added "to play." As she ate her snack, I read aloud "Pinkalicious: Soccer Star" and "What a Trip, Amber Brown." Anjali helped read "I Love You, ZooBorns," aloud. She also enacted some of the cues in the story (jumping like a kangaroo, hopping on one foot like the baby frogmouth, etc.). Next I read "We're Going On a Lion Hunt" while she made sound effects (clapping, stepping on paper for "crinkle" sound, etc.) to accompany the girls' African journey. She liked this game so much she asked to hear the story again. She showed great pattern recognition, enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence, as always."
"This morning the student and I continued reading HP3. The plot and language of the book have become notably more complicated as of late. He has had to reread sections of the book and discuss them in order to fully understand what is going on and its subtext. Nevertheless, he has pressed forward diligently and I remain impressed with his attitude and work ethic."